Thursday, April 9, 2009

An update and Vintage Thingies Thursday


It's time for Vintage Thingies Thursday! I miss participating in this fun weekly event. I decided to share something this week. Here's a cute little plate I picked up from the thrift store for $1, that's right! It has the Shabby Chic and girlie look that I love, so it was definitely a real steal!


New topic: After feeling like a 6 year old trying to sell finger woven pot holders in the front yard, circa 1990 (yes, I tried doing this once with my cousin; unfortunately, our 'store' went out of business the same day :P), I've come to realize that my Etsy store really needs a makeover. Now, I didn't open it up with hopes that I'd get a ton of business the first month, or even a ton of business ever... but it's been a few months now, and all is still quiet on the western front.

So what to do, what to do? A friend of mine has a successful Etsy store. I asked her for a few tips and she was kind enough to share some of her wisdom with me via email. Things have got to change, they really do! I admit, I've gotten lazy, I don't take nice pictures of the things I create. I am also not doing a very good job of keeping the (potential) customer satisfied. For instance, I don't think it's such a great idea to sell single illustrations anymore. That's a little boring and, let's face it, I can't offer prints at the moment. My pal's suggestion? Sell a small bundle of illustrated cards. Cards! Yes, of course! Initially, I was a bit weary of being yet another Etsy card seller, but at this point, what do I have to lose? So long as the illustrations are unlike anyone else's, I don't see why this is a bad idea. In fact, it sounds like a pretty good idea. So that's the first change I'll be making to my Etsy store in a few days. I'll probably take a few of the illustrations off of the site this weekend. Until then, I'm working on creating a small themed collection. Here are two cards from the first (you'll recognize the second illustration :):



In other news, after waiting 2 weeks for genetic test results to arrive, someone helpful and caring finally faxed them over yesterday. What test am I referring to? Well, after not feeling so hot tummy-wise (funny how it all started after ingesting gluten while out of town), I decided to go back to the doctor. Turns out I have a gene for Celiac disease! Who woulda thought? I was a bit surprised. This doesn't mean 100% that I have it at the moment, but it means there is more than a 2/3 chance I could have it/develop it later. Given my symptoms, it's possible that I have it already. This simply means I need to be more strict about the gluten issue, like no more bubble gum, no more hair products or lotions that contain gluten, no more baking for friends using 'regular' flour, that sorta thing. Not so bad, really. Of course, there are other food sensitivities to take into account, as Celiac disease can contribute to other intolerances, but it's much more manageable than one would think (it just requires some discipline on my part).

If you haven't been feeling so hot, especially if you're experiencing digestive issues, please watch this video and read this! Celiac disease is ridiculously under-diagnosed!

20 comments:

Stephanie said...

That is REALLY a great plate for $1! It reminds me of the set Suzanne just got from the dump!!!! :)

Elizabeth said...

Your illustrations are great, people should definitely buy them in sets. Have you thought about doing giveaways to get people to your shop? Have another blogger who has an entirely different audience host it. You should also look into joining SITS. It's a great way to increase blog traffic and advertise your work.

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Coloradolady said...

Love your plate. Welcome to Vintage Thingie Thursday! I am always looking for platters of any kind with flowers when I am out and about!
Have a great Weekend.

Donna said...

Great vintage stuff!! This is my first VTT and its been great fun looking at all your blogs.Pretty plate!
Have a great Easter and blessings to all
donna

farmlady said...

Really nice plate for a $1.00

CC said...

That's a beautiful plate...you got a great buy. Happy VTT and have a lovely weekend.

Sarah said...

That is a beautiful little shabby chic platter and what a find at only a dollar!

Dawn said...

Lovely plate and a dollar bargain is not to be resisted!

Stephanie said...

yea i'd probably stab myself if I wore them in my hair. Im a little careless :) BY THE WAY - Just got the "I'm a loner, Dottie, a rebel" and I almost fell of my computer chair I was laughing so hard...PEE WEE HERMAN! I had to call my sister too! Love it!

foxxy said...

I like that plate. So pretty.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! for $1.. that plate is worth buying! so pretty..

marian said...

love the shabby chic look and that dish is perfect :) btw your easter cards are super cute too :)

~~Carol~~ said...

That plate is beautiful, and for $1? Wow! And your cards are really sweet!

Keetha Broyles said...

That plate is exquisite!!!

Postcardy said...

The plate makes me think of milk and sugar cookies.

Coloradolady said...

I love your plate....so cute! And what a great price....Have a great VTT.

Roslyn said...

That plate was a real steal of a deal!

Miri said...

Great plate!

Your drawings are wonderful! Good luck with the etsy shop!

Hope you feel better soon!

Bea said...

Love your plate and what a great price.

CC said...

Ooo, it's a beautiful plate. What a great find and an even greater buy. on another note... Your illustrations are just wonderful. How very talented you are. Happy belated VTT..hope your weekend is a lovely one.

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